The lead vocalist of The Black Dahlia Murder, Trevor Strnad has died aged 41.
The band announced the devastating news on their various social media accounts late last night (May 11) with a statement that reads; ‘It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Trevor Scott Strnad. Beloved son, brother, and Shepard of good times, he was loved by all that met him. A walking encyclopaedia of all things music. He was a hugger, a writer, and truly one of the world’s greatest entertainers. His lyrics provided the world with stories and spells and horror and whimsy. It was his life to be your show.’
Below the unexpected statement, The Black Dahlia Murder also posted the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Therefore, it is suspected that Strnad sadly passed away due to taking his own life.
Since the news broke, tributes from musicians in the metal community and beyond have paid their respects to Strnad on social media. Trivium’s Matthew Heafy took to Instagram to say ‘Rest In Peace to an icon of modern metal. I’ve had the privilege to be able to tour with and play shows with Trevor countless times since 2005 – I have been a big fan of TBDM since 2003. My heart goes out to his family, band, and every one of TBDM’s supporters around the world. My fondest memory: I had been a fan since high school, I had no idea he knew who Trivium or I was – and it was maybe 2004/2005 or so around or at a New England metal and hardcore festival – I introduced myself, and Trevor goes: “dude. You’re in Capharnaum! It’s one of my favorite albums of all time!” That made my year during those humble early years. Trevor was always very kind, supportive, and a very funny guy. We’ll miss you.’
Daniel Winter-Bates of Bury Tomorrow also took to Twitter to write this about the singer; ‘Hearing about the death of Trevor Strnad has me reflecting on how much of an influence he has been on my musical career … clearly much more than just a musician and will be missed by so many … tragically young.’
Our condolences go out to Trevor’s loved ones at this difficult time.